As we continue to learn from this pandemic and how to best reach our community, we reviewed what we created for 1st semester conferences, gathered feedback from our teachers and created a smaller committee to plan for this semester’s conferences. Following is the PLAN FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:
Thanks for your continued partnership!
Early Release @ 1:40pm
Parent/Teacher Updates via site link
ELPA Testing for ELL Students
9th grade registration at Culler
Early Release @ 1:40pm
Invitational Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-6:30pm (virtual)
March 8 – 12
No School -Spring Break
Early Release @ 1:40pm
Parent Community Engagement via Zoom @5pm
Early Release @ 1:40pm
We continue the work of making Culler an equitable community. Most recently we have discussed equitable decision points. Equitable decision points are responses educators make to student choices. When we respond, we want our interactions to improve the relationship even if the student has made a poor choice. Our ultimate goal is to build mutual dignity and respect. One way to improve our ability to make equitable decisions is to continue to educate ourselves on the systematic racism that exists within our schools. We do this intentionally at our staff meetings every month. Here was the material we shared/studied/discussed in December and January.
“ I think it’s hard for someone who is not of color to understand that there is a difference being a person of color coming into a building where you don’t see staff of color there. It’s a little bit more intimidating to give your voice, to give your point of view, to give your understanding. “ (Singleton, 2002)
Please let me know if you have any questions related to MTSS-B!
A Student of the Month is a role model and leader to their classmates as well as works hard every single day to demonstrate Safe —where they are supposed to be at all times — Responsible — Honest and give 100% effort in all classes — and Respectful — Doing what the teacher asks right away in a respectful manner behaviors in their classes.
The below students consistently demonstrate these behaviors and were nominated by their teachers to be recognized last month.
Nyamac Wal: is a focused student who takes her classes seriously. Nyamac took the initiative to ask questions and get caught up on her assignments after an extended absence.
Chrishawn Fuller: has had an amazing start to the new semester. He has been super engaged in class and has been doing high quality work.
Johnny Gatluak: Johnny has started the semester off with a bang! He still has a perfect 100% in science class and has done a great job everyday this semester. He also helps take down my chairs on a daily basis and I really appreciate that!
Aaliyah Cuevas: Aaliyah is amazing! She is always on time, works hard every day and has 100% in Science class! She is kind, polite and respectful! All great qualities for a Culler student!
Kentasha Mitchell: Kentasha works really hard in math class, participates, always asks questions to understand and is an overall great role model for others.
Hussain Al-Jabery: Hussain is a hard worker, is engaged, participates in the lesson, and asks questions. He is always respectful, responsible and safe.
Keco Ontiveros: Keco is an awesome worker and always participates. He is also a great bball player.
Mustafa Al Mahmoud: Mustafa works really hard in health class, actively listens and participates, and always brings a positive attitude. He goes the extra mile to make sure his work is quality and complete.
Zaradasht Salim: Zaradasht always gives his best in English class. He listens to instruction, participates in class discussions and does his best on his assignments. He truly is a respectful and responsible student while also following all of the safety protocols. We love having Zaradasht in 5th period English!
Zander Palmer: Zander is an active participant and listener throughout class. He has a good attitude and is always respectful during class.
Danasia Reaves: I’m so happy to see you back in class! You are doing a great job adjusting from zoom and working hard in my classroom. Keep reaching towards those goals!
Jackson McCarter: Jackson is a hardworking student and a natural musician. He has a love for learning and shares that passion with others
Jeffrey Schroder: I can always count on Jeffrey to do the right thing and follow instructions the first time. I also appreciate his love of music, willingness to improve his musicianship skills and daily effort.
Samuel Esquivel: hardworking and cool
DeShawn Robinson: hardworking, self advocates and participates in class.
Brennan Shada-Schrum: hardworking, participates, kind and wants to do well.
Jonathan Garcia: hardworking, consistent participation in class.
Kaylee Luke: positive, hardworking, always asks questions and loves to read!
Rahiq Bashar: kind, self advocates when she doesn’t understand and leads by example.
Nadya Alsilo: hardworking and self advocates when she needs help.
Katie Pearson: hardworking, quiet, friendly and polite.
Hello Cougar Families!
Our 3rd quarter clubs are underway! If you would like to sign your student(s) up for our after-school program, please fill out the enrollment & club registration forms linked below! Some information about our program:
Cougar families! We are going to start honoring and celebrating our amazing students at our CLC on a monthly basis! Below are the safe, responsible, and respectful leaders from first semester. Thank you!
Happy February Cougar Families!
Right now our 7th/8th grade boys basketball season is off and running! If your student would still like to join basketball this year, please have them see me and I can get them going.
A few quick reminders for parents/guardians.
The following games are scheduled for the month of February:
If you have any questions regarding Culler Athletics, please feel free to contact me here at the school. I can be reached by phone or email.
Thanks and GO COUGARS!!!
Did you know many of our fabulous library resources can be accessed from home? If your student is looking for educational games to play or fun activities to do online, we encourage them to check out the library resources at home! The library provides access to fun educational sites for students for free. To do this, go to your school library website and click on “Home Access” to get the login information. Many of the library’s resources can also be accessed by logging into the portal from home. Go to portal.lps.org and type in your student’s LPS ID number and password to see what is available for your student to access from home!
LPS teachers instruct students about digital law when they help students explore how terms of service agreements and privacy policies are important and have real-world implications. Topics for a family discussion might include:
LPS has procedures in place to ensure the apps and websites students are using adhere to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
The ELPA21 is a statewide assessment that all English language learners in the state of Nebraska take. The online assessment is made up of four parts: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Results usually become available in May. Students who score proficient (all 4s and 5s) meet the criteria to exit the ELL program will no longer receive ELL services the following school year. All students who qualify for ELL services will take the ELPA21 in February in early February. The dates for our in-person learners are February 10th-19th. The dates for our remote learners are February 16th-19th. More information will be coming home on February 1st. It is important that students get enough sleep so they can do their best on this assessment. It’s also imperative that students arrive to school with a charged Chromebook as the assessment is done online.
Many parents ask what their child can work on at home to improve their reading. RAZ Kids is a reading program that all students in ELL levels newcomer-2 have access to. Students are able to log on, listen, read, and take quizzes on stories at their reading level. The program automatically moves students up reading levels as they complete stories. Encourage your child to use RAZ Kids at home, even for just 10-20 minutes a night.
ELL students, who ALREADY receive bussing to and from school because they live outside of the Culler attendance area, have the option to take a late bus that departs at 4:45 in order to stay after school for the Cougar Den after school program, clubs, academic support, and/or intramurals. Students may sign up anytime, but we ask that if your child signs up, they commit to taking it consistently (more than once a week) to keep their name on the list. If interested in the late bus, students should ask their teacher for a permission slip to have you sign and return to school.
(402) 436-1434 Mooku Taw filling in for Kmwe until mid-March, firstname.lastname@example.org
Culler has so many amazing staff members that show up each day, exemplify a positive attitude and go above & beyond for other staff members and the students we serve!
The following staff members were nominated by their peers to be spotlighted for their hard work and dedication!
Mrs. Schippert is always willing to help whenever and wherever she can. She looks for solutions to problems and brings a lot of joy to colleagues and students.
Mrs. Lubben is an amazing math teacher! She is truly here to support her students and goes above and beyond for all of them especially during this difficult year! Lauren teaches an extra period, CRC and often stays at school late to make sure all students receive all the help, support and materials they need to be successful. She is super organized, easy to work with, is a great leader for our 8th grade and students with IEP’s group and is MY Marigold! I LOVE getting to work with her everyday! Lauren you are AMAZING!!!
Ms. Parks is outstandingly patient and compassionate with students. In her co-taught classes, she is the first teacher to react when sudden issues arise with students. She knows exactly what students’ need and she always delivers. Culler is lucky to have her!
Mrs. Otte is sooooo FLEXIBLE! As a first year/semester teacher she has jumped right in. She’s been willing to help out in all situations and have her schedule switched up sometimes multiple times a day. She even helped me with QRIs and I SO appreciate that. She’s great!
This information is great for all grade levels, not only 6th graders.
Research is telling us that too much screen time is not good for the developing adolescent brain. Digital devices can interfere with everything from sleep to creativity. Here are some tips to help parents curb their teens screen time.
~ From pediatrician and former filmmaker Dr. Michael Rich, aka “The Mediatrician”®
Hey 7th grade parents. You may want to check out Mrs. Pass’s message under Class of 2027. The information is good for everyone, not just for 6th graders.
This quarter we have started to look at what students want to do after high school. They took an interest inventory to match careers with interests. I encourage you to continue this discussion with your students at home, if you haven’t already done so. It’s important to start having these discussions early so that your student doesn’t feel like they don’t know what avenue to take once they graduate high school. We will also be choosing 8th grade ACEs classes towards the end of the third quarter, and I will begin to discuss what to expect in 8th grade and prepping for high school. If you have any questions or would like to reach out, please don’t hesitate to call or email me- email@example.com.
Whew! High school choice is complete! Thank you all for helping your students choose the high school that is right for them.
You may want to check out Mrs. Pass’s message under Class of 2027. The information is good for everyone, not just for 6th graders.
Next up: registration! This month, I will be in classrooms to do a lesson called Ninth Grade Counts. Among other things, we will talk about terminology specific to high school, what credits mean and how students earn them, transcripts, and course selections for 9th grade. High school registration is on February 17 at 8 am. High school counselors will register students for their 9th grade courses. Students: please be sure you have your charged Chromebook with you and you are ready to go at 8 a.m. Parents and guardians: if you have any questions about high school, please feel free to contact me at 402-436-1210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPS believes that effective instruction can and should include the appropriate use of instructional technology to support learning. To that end, a District Instructional Technology Tool (ITT) Committee works to identify ITTs that are safe for student use, support district learning goals, and encourage innovative teaching and learning. All reviewed ITTs are cataloged in the LPS ITT Matrix [https://www.lps.org/apps/matrix/].
The most frequently used, approved, and supported ITTs are made available to students and staff in the LPS Portal [https://lps.org/go/YXGE]. Students access their LPS Portal by clicking the ‘HOME’ button on their Chromebook.
Need a conversation starter with your student? Ask them for a tour of their LPS Portal and which ITTs they are currently using in class.
Stop by the LPS website and enter the word “remote” into the Search, Keyword field in the top-right.
The “Student Support” page on the Remote Learning site has links to valuable resources to support your student while learning from home. Make sure your students are familiar with the information about how to successfully connect with their teachers using StudentVue.
The “Parent and Guardian Support” page is filled with valuable information designed to help you help your student. Familiarize yourself with the “10 Remote Learning Things to Know.”
Is your student having trouble connecting to their classes? The LPS Help Desk is available to help! Call 402-436-1735 between 7:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.
The students listed earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 & above for Semester 1:
Al Hussien, Mohamad
Alvizures Bamaca, Allison
Bradley, Bryan JR
Flores Calleja, Enid
Monteroso Silva, Lesly
Moreno Marroquin, Gerardo
Ochoa Rangel, Sara
Perez Dominguez, Guadalupe
Perez Solares, Martin
Recinos Guevara, Diego
Rodriguez Cordoba, Robert
Tapia Montes De Oca, Oscar
Jacobo Rios, Diana
Lopez Chicas, Heidy
Luna Guiza, Estrella
Mahmud, Mohammad Araf
Mohamed Elamin, Fouad
Mu, Paw Ka Sher
Varela Landazuri, Kimberly
Al Hussien, Hamed
Aye, Pyoe Nee
Garcia Vides, Raul Ernesto
Hoskovec Charbonneau, Sonja
Huerta Rangel, Noeli
Juarez Rubio, Adriana
Martinez Reyes, Sirlene
Ortiz Ramirez, Camila
Rico Sevilla, Flor
The students listed increased their Winter MAP Reading score from their previous MAP Reading score taken either in the fall or last school year:
Zahraa Abu al Nasab
Koutha Thin Buak
Gustave Dibandi Nzaou
Eliseo Garcia Huezo
Mohamad Al Hussein
Jayen Alamea Jenkins
Diego Felix Gonzalez
Guadalupe Perez Dominguez
Diego Recinos Guevara
William Rivas Rivas
Boh Boe Wah
Ahmed Al Bane Hasan
Sujod Abo Asoud
Abdullah Al Boujawari
Emmett Charles Boldt
Sarai Diaz DeLeon Herrera
Fernando Ibarra Barrientos
Diana Jacobo Rios
Paw Ka Sher Mu
Fabricio Rivas Dormes
Marcela Salgodo Arita
Reem Al Hamwi
Josue Castillo Riveros
Kevin Castro Portales
Sonja Hoskovec Charbonnedau
Isaac Long Soldier
Alexaner Mendez Amador
Anderson Jimenez Guerra
Shahad Al Bane Hasan
Gabriela Cruz- Melo
Yahir Gutierrez Munoz